Get all your holiday shopping done here with My Darling Vegan's ULTIMATE Vegan Gift Guide for the holidays. With gifts for the chef, the home, him & her, and even the pets, you'll find something for everyone.
Some of you may know that before I had kids I was a bit of a grinch about Christmas. The holiday season felt like being stuck inside a magnificent commercial that would ultimately, always, leave me feeling a bit blue.
Then I had kids and all of that magic around Christmas - the magic that I remember as a kid myself - the trees and lights and baking and songs all started coming back and every year that holiday magic gets stronger and stronger.
While gift-giving it's not a part of the holiday I particularly want to highlight, I do want to acknowledge the goodness around showing love through simple and intentional gifts. So I've compiled a vegan gift guide to help you show love and compassion to the people you care about most this most wonderful time of year.
Gifts For the Chef
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The last couple of years have brought with them a number of incredible vegan cookbooks that would make perfect gifts. Some of my recommendations for all-around good cookbooks are Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday, and Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking.
Two of my favorite kitchen gadgets for around $50 are my Vegetable Spiralizer, perfect for creating a beautiful vegetable spiral for salads, zoodles (I hate that word), and garnish, and my Immersion Blender which I use for just about everything - pureeing soup, mashed potatoes, whipped dessert, you name it!
Among my kitchen recommendations for around $100 are the Air Fryer, Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Instant Pot, and a good quality knife. The Air Fryer can create healthier alternatives to fried foods while keeping the crispy crunchy texture we've come to love. The Instant Pot does it all. It's a pressure cooking, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, and more. In fact, it's 9 kitchen gadgets in one! And then, you can never go wrong with a good quality knife. My knife is my most used kitchen utensil by far.
And if you really want to splurge, I can't recommend the Vitamix enough. I use mine every day for smoothies, soups, nut-based cheeses, sauces, etc. I also love my KitchenAid Stand Up Mixer. It's perfect for the baker who loves to make cakes, cookies, and bread. You can get it with several different attachments allowing it to become one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets you have.
Start making milk from home and get your loved one the Almond Cow Starter Kit. This makes homemade plant-based milk so easy without the need for strainers, nut milk bags, or pricy high-powered blenders. And it will save you so much money in the long run!
Gifts For Her
Finding the right vegan boot can be challenging but I have a couple of favorites. These faux-suede ankle boots are one of the best. It comes in black and light brown. Also, check out Moo Shoes for all kinds of other options. Everything you'll find at MooShoes is 100% vegan.
I love the brand Matt & Nat for vegan bags, wallets, backpacks, and every other bag you can imagine. Like Moo Shoes, everything you'll find at Matt & Nat is vegan. Check out this handbag for an idea of what you can get there. While you're there, check out these backpacks too!
Endangered Species Chocolate makes the BEST gift for chocolate lovers. Not only are their chocolates AMAZING, but their ingredients must also meet strict standards for quality, ethical trade, and environmental sustainability. In fact, they are so committed to sustainability that they give 10% net profit back to help fund projects that save animals and the environment. That's a powerful Christmas gift!
I mentioned this one a while back, but I love this faux-leather jacket. I've been wearing mine all fall and it keeps me warm and cozy. For more wintery type jacket, check out PETA's list of down-free cold-weather jackets.
As far as makeup and skincare, it can be hard to find good quality vegan options. However, I've found a solution! Give a gift that lasts a year by buying a vegan beauty subscription box through Petit Vour which sends sample products to your home every month, allowing you to check out a variety of vegan options. Make sure also to check out their vegan leather line of bags and shoes!
Gifts For Him
I love the practicalness of a good vegan leather belt. The Vegan Collection has a whole line of faux-leather belts ranging in style and color. I especially like this reversible belt. Another great place to find vegan belts is over at Moo Shoes which also carries a large collection.
For an inexpensive (perhaps stocking) gift, check out these faux-wool slippers.
You can find vegan wallets in many places. I am particularly fond of the durable cork one pictured above.
There are so many things to keep in mind as a vegan and shaving is no exception. That's why this shaving kit makes a nice gift. It comes with a wooden shaving bowl, organic shaving soap, and a badger brush which is all 100% vegan, hypoallergenic and 90% organic!
Gifts For the Home
These throw pillows are the perfect addition to your Cozy Minimalist style home. And while you're adding coziness, make sure to check out these vegan chunky knit blankets. It makes me want to curl up on the couch and never leave.
This White Ceramic Vase Set makes the perfect gift for a friend. They are a simple, modern house decor that can go just about anywhere. Fill them with flowers and give them as a hostess or housewarming gift this holiday season.
Make sure to check out Food52's amazing gifts. They have BEAUTIFUL quality products for the kitchen and home that you're going to love. Right now they have several helpful gift guides including Gifts under $100, Stocking Stuffers, Homemade Gifts, and much more!
Brighten up any room with a beautiful vintage area rug. I love this 8x10 Nourison Passion Grey Area Rug. It brings so much character and life into a living room, dining room, or office.
Do you have friends that love to make their home even cozier? Who doesn't?? One of the ways I learned how to decorate my home the way I loved it was through books. I LOVE The Cozy Minimalist that promotes creating cozy style on less stuff. I am also a big fan of The Nesting Place and Joanna Gaines's new book, Homebody.
Thrive Market has thousands of best-selling organic foods and natural products and they are priced 25-50% lower than traditional retail prices! Get your chef the gift of a Thrive Market membership so they can get access to the best organic and non-GMO groceries at a HUGE discount.
Public Goods is a company set out to do good by providing sustainable solutions at lower costs. Like Thrive Market, they remove the middle man allowing you to have access to top quality home goods at really good prices! And right now is the time to join. They have some amazing gift guides including gift guides For Her, For Him, For Foodie, and much more!
Does your partner like wine? I've got you covered! Dry Farm Wines is an exciting new wine club dedicated to natural, healthy, ALWAYS vegan wines. Monthly they mail out 6 bottles of additive and sugar-free wine. Wine right to his doorstep! And here's the best part: you can get the first bottle for only a penny! Now that's a gift to enjoy all year long.
Or try Winc. Winc Wine has an entire vegan wine selection and right now if you buy 4 bottles, you get them for 50% off! It’s a ridiculously good deal and the perfect gift. You can either purchase one time orders through Winc or open up even more discounts by being part of their wine club. At Winc you'll high quality, affordable, vegan wine
Vegan Cuts has several subscription boxes to try out. Make sure to look at their Beauty Box. This is a 100% cruelty-free subscription box that sends new skin and body care products that are not only vegan but clean (free of harmful chemicals). Vegan Cuts also offers a variety of snack box subscriptions including a Vegan Chocolate Box that is always a hit!
Gifts for the Kids
Get your young children learning about veganism through reading is one of the most powerful tools, educating and molding young minds. A few of my favorite books that focus on compassion and ethical living are Care For Our World, Steven the Vegan, and That's Why We Don't Eat Animals.
Do good with your buying and support PACKPACK! PACKPACK gives kids agency and adventure while caring for Mother Earth. A commitment to ethical and sustainable practices are woven into the fabric of each PACK. Plus! With each PACK sold, trees are planted in partnership with One Tree Planted.
Do you have children that love to craft? This Modern Art and Crafts Library Set is perfect for keeping your kids minds creating and occupied. I also love this Arts and Craft Center which provides a wide array of crafts for any occasion.
I really love Bears for Humanity. Bears for Humanity ethically sourced stuffed animals made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. Better yet, with every purchase you make from Bears for Humanity, they donate a bear to a child in need. That's the kind of gift we should get excited about!
Get your children learning how to cook vegan early with The Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids. With over 60 easy plant-based recipes that kids can help you make, you can get them excited about eating their fruits and vegetables while making the world a better place!
Do your children love being outside? Now might be the perfect time to get them excited about gardening. I have found that when my kids help plant the vegetables, they are also way more willing to eat them. Check out this adorable Gardening Set for Toddlers to get them planting right alongside you.
Or get them excited about being in the kitchen with you with this 17-piece Introduction to Real Baking Set for Kids. It's got the basics to teach your children how to make their first cakes, muffins, and cookies! A true gift for the whole family.
Gifts For the Pets
Get your dog or cat the most comfortable and sturdy pet bed with this sherpa pillow and faux-leather vegan dog bed. It comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes perfect for any cats and dog
Faux-leather collars for your dog and cat are the perfect way to give a little love to your furry friend.
Keep your dog comfortable with this Snout Set and Pawdecure Pack. This pack contains snout and paw soother to prevent chapped, crusty, and damaged skin, and PawTector which is a wax barrier that protects paws from heat, cold, sand, and snow. All products are organic, vegan, and made in the United States.
Written by Sarah McMinn